School Groups

More than 300 years of history are available to teachers who choose Tryon Palace as one of their field trip destinations. Tours specializing in colonial America, 19th-century life, and cooking, allow school groups to experience history through interactive exhibits and knowledgeable character interpreters. A variety of group tour options are available to enhance your students' classroom learning experience. 

Group tours at Tryon Palace must include at least 10 or more adults or students and reservations are required. School groups receive one complimentary adult pass per 10 student passes. These passes may be assigned to teachers, assistants, or other adult chaperones. To check the availability for your preferred date, please contact Group Services at 252-639-3524 or submit a group tour request form.

A school group plays an 18th century game in front of the Governor's Palace.
A school group plays an 18th century game in front of the Governor's Palace.
Children play on the Sturdy Beggar pirate ship outside the North Carolina History Center.
Children play on the Sturdy Beggar pirate ship outside the North Carolina History Center.
A school group learns about 18th century blacksmith techniques in the Blacksmith Shop.
A school group learns about 18th century blacksmith techniques in the Blacksmith Shop.
The Pepsi Family Center provides many interactive features to teach children what life was like in 1835.
The Pepsi Family Center provides many interactive features to teach children what life was like in 1835.
Children learn about life in 19th century New Bern at the historic Hay House.
Children learn about life in 19th century New Bern at the historic Hay House.
A group of preschoolers learns how to make seed socks outside the North Carolina History Center.
A group of preschoolers learns how to make seed socks outside the North Carolina History Center.
Children explore eastern North Carolina history in the Regional History Museum.
Children explore eastern North Carolina history in the Regional History Museum.
A school group learns about 18th century cooking in the Kitchen Office.
A school group learns about 18th century cooking in the Kitchen Office.
A school group walks toward the Governor's Palace for a tour.
A school group walks toward the Governor's Palace for a tour.
A large school group eats lunch outside the North Carolina History Center overlooking the Trent River.
A large school group eats lunch outside the North Carolina History Center overlooking the Trent River.

One Day Pass (All Ages)

Available: Year-round
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Price: $6 (plus tax) for students, $15 for adults (plus tax)
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

Explore more than 300 years of local history by touring Tryon Palace's historic and re-constructed buildings. Interact with costumed interpreters as they bring early American history to life. Then get a 21st century experience with the North Carolina History Center, home to the Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center, where students can step back into 1835 and explore an interactive virtual village by working at the wharves, in a turpentine distillery, and local businesses. This comprehensive ticket allows you to explore all that Tryon Palace has to offer and fully explore the rich history of New Bern and eastern North Carolina.

Galleries Pass (All Ages)
Available: Year-round
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Price: $3 (plus tax) for students, $10 (plus tax) for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

For those groups who want to experience the atmosphere of Tryon Palace but not go on a guided tour, the Gardens and Galleries pass is an ideal option. Discover the history of coastal North Carolina in the Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center, where you'll step back into 1835 and explore an interactive virtual village. And just across the street, explore our 14 acres of magnificent colonial revival gardens. Does not include Governor's Palace or any other historic buildings.

Governor's Pass (All Ages)
Available: Year-round
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Price: $4 (plus tax) for students, $12 (plus tax) for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

Experience guided tours of the Governor's Palace and the Kitchen Office, where a costumed interpreter brings the past to life by demonstrating 18th century cooking techniques. Explore the intricate and elaborate Palace gardens, and if time permits, take a tour through our historic homes. The Governor's Pass does not include galleries and exhibits in the North Carolina History Center.

A Day in the Life: 19th-Century New Bern (Grades 3-8)
Available: March-November at 10 a.m.
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
Price: $6 (plus tax) for students, $15 (plus tax) for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)
Minimum group size: 25 students/Maximum group size: 96 students/20 adults

Although no longer the capitol of North Carolina, New Bern remained a bustling port into the 19th century and was one of the state's largest towns until the 1930s. Experience that history with tours of the Governor's Palace, Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center, where students can help the town prosper by working at the wharves, in a turpentine distillery, and local businesses. Step back into 1835 and visit the home of Robert Hay and his family as you help them with their daily chores. Tour does not include Kitchen Office, Stable, gardens or the remaining 2 historic homes.

* Because of a change in North Carolina’s tax laws--N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)--beginning Jan. 1, 2015, Tryon Palace will begin charging sales tax on admissions, programs, and special events. The tax applied consists of the current state sales tax of 4.75 percent and the current Craven County tax of 2 percent. 

The Day of Your Visit

Allow your group plenty of travel time. Late arrivals may not be able to see everything normally included in the tour. Please bring your confirmation materials with you. All tours check in at the North Carolina History Center, 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562.

Amenities

Tryon Place has a Museum Store in the North Carolina History Center with items for adults and children, and a café in the North Carolina History Center. Box lunches and souvenir "grab bags” are available upon request; however, there is limited indoor eating space for tour groups. Beverage vending machines are also located on the historic site.

Site Guidelines

Tours may begin with an informative orientation video. Large groups are typically split into smaller groups of 25 people or less.

Many of the objects at Tryon Palace are several hundred years old and must be treated with great care. To help preserve them for future use, we ask that you please do not touch any artifacts or sit on the furniture.

Our gardens are an important part of our collection. We ask that students be supervised to ensure that plantings are not damaged during the tours.

Food, drinks, gum, and backpacks are not allowed in the exhibition buildings; please make arrangements to leave them on the bus.

Please turn off your cell phone during guided tours.

Teachers and chaperones must remain with school groups at all times during the visit.